These were the dates added at the end of the tour to make up for playing the Empire Pool - and because they could. It's just called the "Lyceum Theater" (not the Strand Lyceum). There's a nearly 2hr first set. The 2500-seater changed the band vibe, and this is pretty laid back compared to the week before, and without the crazy energy of, say, Denmark. The first show of the run is the lesser; but still very good.
First Set. Starts average but the Mr. Charlie
is one of the classic versions. Pig pwns the first set and the next ace version is Next Time You See Me
(though Jed is great). The rest is nearly perfect. Bobby says he may blank out and sing Garcia's part for Jack Straw
- they had just changed the arrangement. Listen to what Jer plays under the verses. There's definitely some Donnaskreech™ in Playing
but it's much tighter in a theater and Billy's great. Apparently it was Pig that played the güiro in these early 72s, after Mickey left. The next-to-the-last Sittin'
is followed by Rockin' Pneumonia
. It's the 1st one of 4 ever (Milwaukee is best). Johnny Rivers would release the hit version in a few months - the Dead must've known the Huey Smith version. Mexicali
is bouncy, fast, a little different than the rest that month.
Second Set. The set starts a bit static. Then Dark Star
wanders all over the place without going anywhere very interesting compared to other 72s (or even this tour). It's the last couple minutes of Morning Dew
where things come alive again. Sugar Magnolia
was played almost every night, but this is top 5 - even downtempo and with some Bobby croaks. Comes a Time
is perfunctory but it's a whoppin' Goin' Down teh Road
(the end section is on Steppin' Out
) into an A+ Not Fade Away. Hey Bo Diddley
is the 1st of 4 and was played because they had just backed Bo Diddley in March, when he opened for them (where they had played "Bo Diddley", which is a different song). They lose the tightness again for Uncle John's
(why is this stuck on the top of CD4 on Steppin'
Overall = 4 Stars
Mr. Charlie - the version on E72. Bobby teases a fire marshall, Pig teases fire from the boys
Next Time You See Me - Pig on top of his game
Jack Straw - witness it coming together; brilliantly
China Cat>Rider - a relaxed, thick groove>incredible and not the same as others this month
Me & My Uncle - such a snarling, perfect version
Chinatown Shuffle - Keith in the rag (time)
Two Souls in Communion - while I doubt this has many fans, this is the one you want
Playing in the Band - Jer discovers he has great sustain in this house and uses it
Mexicali Blues - a bouncy fast version that's a little different than the rest that month
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad - there are many good ones in '72 but this is a tour classic
Not Fade Away - an A+ version
SOURCES: The unknown.16089
seems as least as good of a transfer as the rest - all from the same source. Mr. Charlie was on the original Europe '72
and nine songs are on Steppin' Out
(actually 9½, since the ending of Goin' Down the Road is patched from this show).